As a person that is committed to growth and transformation, I sometimes find the responsibilities and chores of adulthood to be boring and irritating. In the past, I have been completely overwhelmed with errands, cleaning and home repairs that I could only see a mountain of obligations and no way to put one foot in front of the other to begin climbing it. I have realized for myself that one of my greatest lessons, and gifts, in spiritual growth is to be present through the process of the mundane activities in my life.
Sometimes it seems as though there is so much to do, to fix and not enough time to breath. Life seems extremely hard and no matter how many people are around us, supporting us, we feel like we have too much on our plate and have to do it all alone. It is as if we get caught up in utter chaos and can’t find the way out until we wind up with an overwhelming feeling of emotion: head spinning, mouth watering, and physical body exhausted. It is at this point that we feel responsibilities have become a poison that sucks the passion out of our lives. What do we do?
We can turn these monotonous responsibilities into our spiritual practice. Mundane patterns in life, if not viewed as sacred and valuable, become the vehicles that transport us into feeling emotionally overpowered, unable to act on our passion, which causes us to “push through” and be completely checked out of the present moment. We can’t change the obligations of being an adult, but we can embrace them. Finish one task at a time, enjoy the simplicity, and regardless of complexity of the chore we are focused on enjoy each step without obsessing over what needs to be done next. As the future creeps into the present, take time to pause and breathe.
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